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ERIC Number: EJ862241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-1539-4352
Operant Variability and the Power of Reinforcement
Neuringer, Allen
Behavior Analyst Today, v10 n2 p319-343 2009
Reinforcers contingent on response variability exert powerful and precise control over levels of variability, from stereotypy to stochasticity. This paper reviews how variability-contingent reinforcers interact with non-contingent, eliciting events to influence the variability of operant responses. Relationships to stimulus control, choice, acquisition of new responses, voluntary action, autism, and ADHD are discussed. (Contains 7 figures.)
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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